Based in Philadelphia for a great part of their career, Minas has been on the forefront of world music and Brazilian Jazz in our area for the past 30 years. Led by the couple Orlando Haddad and Patricia King, Minas has recorded and released 6 CDs, 5 of them in Philly. Their latest, Bossa Nova Day, was indicated for 3 Grammy Awards. They are presently putting the finishing touches on a brand new CD which will feature circa 50 musicians, including a big band (The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, a string section, and many guest artists. Minas has won “Best of Philly” from Philadelphia Magazine twice. They write original music as well as perform classic Brazilian standards by A. C. Jobim and Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66. Patricia on piano and vocal, Orlando on nylon-string guitar and vocal, complement each other and create a mood that only a lifetime of performing together can attain. Their music is warm, their vocals sensual, their instruments percussive, and their melodic lines are jazzy. www.minasmusic.com
The Minas Quintet returns to WCL for a tribute concert to Brasil 66, a band which greatly influenced the Minas sound. Expect to hear hits such as Mais Que Nada, Pretty World, Upa Neguinho, Fool on the Hill, Like a Lover, Night and Day, Tristeza, The Look of Love, and others, including one of the few songs Mendes and lead singer Lani Hall wrote together, the beautiful and lush So Many Stars. With Orlando Haddad (guitar, vocals), Patricia King (keys, vocals), Adriano Santos (drums), Leonardo Lucini (bass), Mike Cemprola (flute and sax).
The exciting sounds of Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66 come to life! One can expect to hear hits such as Mais Que Nada, Pretty World, Upa Neguinho, Fool on the Hill, Like a Lover, Night and Day, Tristeza, The Look of Love, and others, including one of the few songs Mendes and Brasil 66‘s lead singer Lani Hall wrote together, the beautiful and lush So Many Stars. Indicated for 3 Grammy Awards with the latest CD Bossa Nova Day, Minas was very much influenced by Brasil 66 in the early days. The group will be performing Sergio’s arrangements, as well as providing a taste of the original Brazilian/Portuguese version of most songs. Orlando Haddad and Patricia King formed Minas in 1978 at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. They proceeded to play all over the eastern United States before moving to Brazil, where they lived, entertained and traveled, absorbing the essence of Brazilian culture. In 1984 Orlando and Patricia returned to the United States and raised a family while performing and recording extensively, building their reputation as one of the most sought-after Brazilian groups of its kind.
Sounds Like: Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66, Bebel Gilberto, Celso Fonseca
Label: Blue Azul Records
Bio: Patricia and Orlando formed MINAS in 1978 at North Carolina School of the Arts to bring Brazilian music to stateside audiences. They proceeded to play all over the eastern US before going back to their musical roots in Brazil, where they entertained, traveled extensively and recorded their first ...See Full Bio